Introduction As you might expect, the answer is yes. All it takes is some basic gear, some basic setups and some practice with a willing subject. Gear You don’t need to go into the poor house to make this work. Let’s start by assuming that you have a camera that takes interchangeable lenses. Next you need a lens that is going to give you a pretty look for portraits. As a working professional, I can tell you that the most popular lens for pro grade portraits is the 70-200mm full […]

A new camera is a wonderful thing. It doesn’t have to be brand new, it could be gently used, it could be handed to you from a family member, wherever it came from, you have it now. It could be a DSLR, it could even be a home security camera for apartment! So the next question is what do you do?

When my editor sent me this topic, I have to admit that I asked myself if there really were that many ways to photograph the holidays and holiday related events.  It was quite a challenge to come up with some reasonable candidates, so here we go. 1. 360 Degree Family Gatherings 360 cameras are easy to use and most deliver great results with no fuss, no muss.  Put one on a stand or hang it from a ceiling (you can rotate the footage later) and use your smartphone to wirelessly […]

Winter is coming. I heard that somewhere. A lot of folks don’t get out and shoot in the wintertime and I want to share with you some quick tips that will help you make better images and videos in wintertime outdoors. You Can Shoot in the Cold There is some misunderstanding about whether your camera will work in the cold. The answer is that it will, just expect less battery life as the cold impacts battery efficiency. You may need to carry a spare battery, and if you do, keep […]

As the holiday season rushes towards us, the demand for family and children’s portraits for gifts and memories goes sky high.  Often times, you are the person with a “good camera”, and you are called upon to be the photographer making these images.  Let’s explore what you need to make nice looking portraits, without spending yourself into a hole. Background When you look at professional portraits, one thing is going to stick out if you take the time to see.  You’ll see that the background is simple, sometimes completely plain, […]

We can all agree that memories are an integral part of life. Retaining them should not be optional, or at the whim of hard drives and cloud storage that can and will go wrong at the most inopportune times. Nothing survives and activates memories like a photographic print. Whether kept in a wallet, placed on a mantle, saved in an album or hung on the wall, a print is tangible, it’s real, you can hold it, look at it, and it is a trigger to a time and place. Let’s […]